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Coil Pottery | Short Course

Duration: 6hours (+1 hour for lunch) 10:00am-5:00pm

Price: £90

Run by: Deiniol Williams
at Deiniol Williams Ceramics

Unit 23
Asquith Bottom Mills
Sowerby Bridge
West Yorkshire

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About the Course

LEVEL: Beginner.
A full day clay modelling course for students to learn how to create a pot using the coil and pinch technique - one of the oldest forms of pottery making and still used throughout the world where access to tools is limited. Students will be able to decorate the finished pots with either underglazes or coloured clay slips and use the sgraffito technique to add details. All the finished pots will be glazed and fired for you and will be available for you to pick up at a later date.

It is advisable to wear clothes you don’t mind getting clay on, however, some rather fetching plastic aprons will be provided. Please feel free to bring along your own apron if you prefer.

There will be places for up to 6 studentsPlease be aware that full payment is required to guarantee your place on the course.

About The Tutor:
After graduating from the 3D Design course at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, I moved back to Wales to established a workshop on the family farm near Aberystwyth. I made wood-fired stoneware pots and made my own ash based glazes. After working in the Peak District for many years, I moved in 2018 to my new studio in Sowerby Bridge (near Halifax), where I now make earthenware tiles based on medieval designs. I still make pots and once a year I take a selection of pots down to Wales to fire in the wood-firing kiln.

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What's included in the price?

All materials, equipment and tools will be provided, along with light refreshments and snacks. Plastic disposable aprons will also be provided, however please feel free to bring your own apron - and wear suitable clothing (clay can be very messy!)

Light refreshments and snacks will be included, however, you will need to provide your own lunch (alternatively, there are a couple of cafes nearby in Sowerby Bridge).

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As someone whose only experience of ceramics was what I'd seen on TV, this was a really informative, engaging and enjoyable course. Everything was fully explained but not in a patronising way. I am really proud of the pot I made!

- - #10065

Loved every minute of the day

- - #9935

A good day that gave me the basics of making and finishing coil pots. Deiniol is patient and relaxed but manages to sneak a fair bit of information into your head about the finer points of working with clay. He lets you get on with it as much as you can but is happy to step in if things are going awry, which they did for one of my two pots that I made over the course of the day. One is now functioning as a water jug at home, the other which was a vase - because I faffed around when choosing the surface finish, was only bisque fired. Deiniol has since helped me finish it (actually my kids did it!) and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished item. I absolutely exceeded my expectations, but as there's still plenty of room for improvement I'm hanging out to do more and see if I can't do better the second time. I started thinking afterwards that a hand made jug and vase would cost more than the course fee too, so it was well worth it.

- - #9921

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